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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Organ donor fondly remembered at fundraising dinner

AT EVENT: Michael and Wendy Senecal as pictured at the memorial dinner for their daughter, Melissa.

The dining room at the West Valley Inn was decorated with bright shades of purple June 23. Men wore purple button-down shirts, women flaunted purple fingernails, and a flock of sisters, brothers, cousins, and in-laws wore T-shirts with purple block letters that read, “BE A HERO. BE AN ORGAN DONOR.” They all wore purple to remember their own hero, Melissa Sue Senecal, whose organ donations saved seven lives after she was killed in a car accident last month.

Melissa’s sudden death left her parents, SMSgt Michael Senecal and his wife, Wendy, with overwhelming funeral expenses. Michael’s coworkers at the Rhode Island Air National Guard quickly took action and organized Thursday’s dinner to help raise money.

“The military is a family and SMSgt Senecal has been a member of that family for a long time,” said Father Robert Marciano, commanding chaplain for the RI National Guard. “Melissa was their only child, that was their life. It was difficult, but we’ll get them through it. They’re not alone.” Continue reading
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